Having a pet is one of the biggest joys in life, and knowing how to care for your pet is a must. Taking good care of your pet ensures it has a happy, healthy life with you. Here are some basic, simple tips to keep your pet healthy and happy.
1. Tasty and Nutritious Food
Your pets, like everything else, need food and water on a regular basis. The amount of food and water will depend on your pet. Dogs tend to be more active than cats, so they need a larger portion of food and water. Smaller caged pets like hamsters and fish don’t require a lot of food by comparison. Find a type of food your pet enjoys and make sure to give it to him regularly.
2. A Comfortable Place to Sleep
In general, pets keep different hours than their owners, sleeping when bored or worn out. Have a place for your pet to rest, whether it’s a comfy couch, a pad on the floor, or a roomy cage. Your pet will appreciate a good bed as much as you do, and having that constant place of comfort will keep them happy. If your pet has his own cage or tank, keeping it clean is just as important as feeding.
3. A Place to Do His “Business”
Nobody likes finding a “present” on the floor when they get home, so teach your pet where it’s acceptable to do his business. Cats will require a litter box that’s kept relatively clean, fish have their tank, and hamsters have a cage. Your dog will need to be taught to go on a newspaper or pad you set down, or to only go outside. A doggie door is another alternative.
4. Opportunities to Play
Just as people don’t usually enjoy sitting around all day, your pet doesn’t either. Take your pet for walks or a romp in the park. Playing games like fetch can be both exciting and healthy for you and your pet. If your housing permits, letting your pet play outside for a while can have the same effect. A running wheel or a tubed, multi-room cage can keep your hamster entertained, and a scratching post will please your cat to no end.
5. Love and Affection
The most important part of owning a pet is making sure it’s loved and appreciated. Sometimes your pet just wants to be held. Your pet has a bond with you and loves you dearly. Make sure that love is returned and you’ll have a friendship nothing can hurt. Enjoy your pets and treat them well, and you life will be better for it.